The deputy director Hoima Regional Referral Hospital Dr Tom Ediam describes the rate as alarming. Dr Ediam says on a daily basis, the hospital registers 2-5 cases of children with disabilities.
He says children with disabilities are among the most neglected groups in the policy domain as well as in the private sphere.
The majority of these children face enormous economic, political, and social barriers that have an adverse impact on their physical, social and intellectual development and wellbeing which he says need concerted effort to fight for.
Many of them do not have access to the most basic needs such as health services and education, experience multiple deprivations even within their family and are invisible in national policy agenda.
Dr Ediam believes that revealing the realities and drawing attention to the life situation of children with disabilities is the first step to lay the foundation for the establishment of sound policies, strategic plans and effective services and support to children with disabilities in the region.
He however attributes the increase to the cases to the failure by expectant mothers to seek antenatal care services saying many babies are born with bodily problems that can at times be detected during antenatal.
He requested leaders to sensitize men to always take their pregnant wives to hospital for antenatal care service to have some these problems solved.